Is it just us, or did the clocks going back an hour actually make us more tired? After a long, fabulous summer, these 4.30pm sunsets and frosted windows are not a welcome change. Luckily, Halloween is here to save us from eternal misery with an opportunity for dressing up our pets in adorable costumes and give our Tuesday afternoon some sweet relief.
As with every great trend, it was taken to new heights in New York City this weekend, at the Tompkins Square Halloween Parade. The parade was hit with a heavy blow in August when residents were told their yearly beloved event had been cancelled because, according to longtime organiser Garrett Rosso (aka our future husband), 'The Parks Department is asking for a large insurance and liability policy in order to hold the event this year—and we simply don’t have the funds or sponsor willing to provide it.'
However, by grace of a local grassroots civic organization called Good Old Lower East Side (GOLE) who agreed to take responsibility for the insurance policy should anything go wrong, the parade went ahead. Moving to a new location, the event was televised by ESPN who also gave $10,000 to the City Parks Foundation, which will go to supporting the Tompkins Square Park Dog Run. Does this not sound like the best community in the world? Seriously... when can we move there?
With 500 dogs taking part last year and even more this year (plus 25,000 humans but you know that's neither here nor there when there's dogs involved ) there were hundreds of adorable tiny fur balls to coo at.
Of course, if you haven't got time to go through all 500 images (which you should make time for, just saying) we've found 20 of the cutest, most hilarious dogs to make that 6pm finish seem much closer...
Couple's costume of the year goes too...
The family of our dreams.
This dog-owner really went all out.
Quite an accurate Dracula, no?
This would be our face too if we we're offering pizza instead of eating it.
Us waking up on Sunday morning after promising to 'only have one'.
And then later in the bath watching Grace and Frankie wondering when we'll get to retire and live our best lives.
Not a dog person? That's fine, just dress your pet up as the animal you truly wish you had.
This is actually haunting for how real it looks.
The softest tissue box we've ever seen...
The tongue out... we could shed a tear.
Anyone who has this much time to create their dogs costume is someone we can be best friends with.
We could only wish to be as cool as this dog
We'll take the dog AND the money please.
Who needs a garden when you can dress your dog up as a flower?
This is the type of dog-owner you go on a date with and then have to run as soon as they let their pooch lick their lips when getting home.
Even dogs make tiny sunglasses look better than us...
But HOW does he fit into this costume?! Sorcery.
You sir have a LOT of time on your hands and we salute you.
The ultimate basic bitch of Halloween aka us throwing a hat on last minute...